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Hi and welcome to group of Aspiring Writers. As a travel writer I have been quite busy writing for my blog, Aspen Real Life, but check in as much as possible to see what you are all up to. Come by and say hello. Also,  find me on Twitter and Facebook.

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Writers' Rumpus blog & 2 writer-themed giveaways

Started by Marianne Knowles Sep 13, 2013. 0 Replies

Hi everyone, I just joined Mom Bloggers. I manage a group blog, Writers' Rumpus, with a focus on writing and illustrating for…Continue

Tags: critique, Rafflecopter, giveaway, books, picture

Happy Birthday to Me Giveaway

Started by Cynthia Tolbert-Wilson Mar 30, 2013. 0 Replies

By this time of the year, we are more than ready for the tilting of the Earth that heralds the spring equinox and better weather. It’s a promise that summer will soon be here.…Continue

Writing & The Road to Publishing

Started by Shana Johnson. Last reply by Rhonda Fischer Jan 2, 2013. 5 Replies

Hi Moms,I own a independent book publishing company and I was thinking about starting some video online sessions or a video online writing group for those who are writing and want some input or want…Continue

Join Nikki Mark, Children's Book Author on Facebook and Twitter

Started by Prerna Malik. Last reply by Emma Kaufmann Mar 13, 2012. 2 Replies

Hi, I am the Social Media Manager for Nikki Mark, author of the popular kids’ book for working moms, Mommy Brings Home the Bacon. We’d love to…Continue

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Comment by Swati Bharteey on April 7, 2010 at 11:16am
Hi Ladies:
I am going to have a child development/behavioral specialist as a guest expert on my you have any questions/challenges related to your kids you'd like me to pose to her? I would need the ages of the kids and as much description as possible. Please email me at

Comment by Yang Mommy on April 7, 2010 at 7:46am
Great idea, Jillian, to blog about my early morning mishaps. Funnily enough, I did just that but forgot to post it! :) It's up now at

I too keep a dream journal and it's been a regular font of inspiration for me over the years. I love the cycle thing too you mentioned~~I'll now have to pay closer attention to my creative outbursts!

Have a great morning, ladies. I'll be dropping by your blogs this week to see what's up.
Comment by Meagan Frank on April 6, 2010 at 9:20pm
I've decided that this is a hard phase of life to be completely scheduled and predictable with my writing. All three of my kids are under the age of husband and I both work a total of three seasonal jobs, and from one season to the next, my ability to be consistent changes.

I think there are some key insights among those you all listed:

Set goals (both large and small)
Do what you can on both the small and big levels to chip away at the goals you set.
Reevaluate how you are doing often, and tweak as needed
Stay confident in your ability and go head first into the doors that open.
If you think you are standing there knocking for too long...sometimes you need to move and find an open window instead.
Slow down enough to know your "cycles" of inspiration and tap into the moments you feel inspired.
Carry a notebook (everywhere!)
And pay attention to those dreams and nightmares...there is much to be learned there.

Plus, and this is key, find a group of women who are doing the same things you are so that you know you are never alone in your struggle.
Comment by Cj Poindexter on April 6, 2010 at 8:23pm
Peryl - so true - so true - so true! I did good today, I got a shower!
Jillian - the cycle thing is funny, but it got me seriously thinking... thanks guys!
Comment by Swati Bharteey on April 6, 2010 at 8:10pm
Hi Jillian: we have gone twice to Disney and I have to admit that I LOVE IT! I am a marketers dream so I fall for all of it...from Mickey to Tinker Bell...sing me up! This year's break was at DC. Though you just made me realize that when I do these reviews, instead of just getting the book free, perhaps I should ask for more - ha! By the way, I may be grumpy over the next 10 days - I am revising my Introduction for my book AGAIN!! Grrr...
Comment by Wife on the Roller Coaster on April 6, 2010 at 2:42pm
Thank you so much everyone for the wonderful encouragement and kind words!

I'm trying to keep up with everyone's discussions and blog posts, but right now my parents are in town and it's Spring Break so if I don't get back to you right away, I promise I will as soon as I can.

Have a great week everyone!
Comment by Stefanie on April 6, 2010 at 12:25pm
Thanks CJ for the support!

Jillian you're absolutely right about the goals! Did you read my blog post on why writers should set goals? ==> The Write One Blog
Comment by Peryl Manning on April 6, 2010 at 12:22pm
CJ - I hear you!! I think balance is nigh impossible - if you're trying to do more than two things, which we all are. What I try to work on most is my sense of humor, and being kinder to myself about what I do and don't achieve. Do the kids have home baked whole grain muffins in the morning? No. Are they dressed? Yes! Win for me. And the same with writing - I do my best not to think about what I haven't accomplished that day - did I finish my book proposal? No. Did I get words on paper? Yes!! And my house generally resembles a crash site.... and that's putting it kindly. But do I have clean underwear on? Well, maybe ;).

You accomplish amazing things every day, remember to congratulate yourself on those.

Comment by Jillylivi on April 6, 2010 at 10:03am

I think that you and I seem to have a few things in common. I too am overwhelmed and do a really poor job of balancing it all.

For me, and please don't laugh, my writing revolves around my cycle. I'm very creative after the fifteenth day of my period and so I concentrate solely on my writing. After the 28th day I have no creative aspirations and so I focus on social networking and the business side of my writing.

But always, I force myself to make my writing take second place to my children and husband, which I find very difficult to do since I have a soft addition to the internet.

Some nights, like last night, I woke up at 2:30am, from my nightmare, and social networked until 4:30am. It was wonderful to catch up but I don't recommend doing this very often since lack of sleep can kill you.

I think we all need to focus each week on what our goals should be. I really need to do what I loathe the most, submit to magazines, study the business aspect of blogging, rewrite my book and pimp my work more but that is where I am an embarrassing disaster and a procrastinator.

Thank you for helping me to realize my weaknesses!
Comment by Cj Poindexter on April 6, 2010 at 9:49am
Yang Mommy - does sound like a great post.
Jillian - love the idea about categorizing dreams on your blog. My re-curring nightmare is that I have to go back to a nine to five! So I MUST get this writing and online store thing rolling - before my nightmare becomes a reality!

QUESTION: How do you balance it all? I understand that balancing it all to perfection is a myth, but how do you make it through a day feeling like you accomplished at least a little of what needed to be done. I really hate this super overwhelming feeling I find myself in all the time. I seem to accomplish less when I am in that frame of mind.

Am I the only one who's house is an embarrassing disaster...and hates IT! Help...really.

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